We hand-milk our jersey milk cow for our homestead dairy milk.
Because my daughter and I are “hands-on” preparing the cow’s food for her milking session, we have monitored that when we give her chipped lucerne tree feed mixed with some crushed mealies and a scoop of molasses, her milk production increases.
Chipped lucerne trees provide excellent protein and fibre.
We mostly give her fresh, wet chipped food,which smells delicious — almost like candyfloss!
Sometimes the chipped food ferments in the bags, providing nutrient-rich, fermented kuilvoer or silage.
We also lay out the chippings on a tarpaulin to dry and store. This method allows us to store chipped lucerne tree food in bags for the weeks when we are not pruning or chipping fresh lucerne tree branches.
At night, when we bring our cow in to the milk shed, we give her a generous helping of chipped food to supplement her grazing. We have the loveliest, rich, creamy milk which I use to make our butter, yoghurt, cream cheese and feta cheese.
Lucerne trees are an essential part of our homesteading. They form the basis of our year-round food.
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